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AAPG Bulletin


Volume: 54 (1970)

Issue: 3. (March)

First Page: 417

Last Page: 427

Title: Gosses Bluff, Central Australia, as Fossil Mud Volcano

Author(s): T. S. M. Ranneft (2)


For more than 10 years Gosses Bluff, a circular craterlike landmark in central Australia, has been the subject of controversy. It has been called an igneous plug, a salt diapir, a cryptovolcano, a cryptoexplosion structure, and an astrobleme ("star wound"). Lately, the extraterrestrial impact hypotheses have become more generally accepted, and Gosses Bluff was proposed as a useful training site for lunar exploration. However, I propose that the origin of Gosses Bluff may be associated with mud-volcano diapirism because of similarities to modern mud volcanoes in diapiric regions, especially those in southern Russia.

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